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Vietnam’s 70-year human rights achievements highlighted

Hanoi, December 9 (VNA) – Vietnam’s achievements in ensuring human rights over the past 70 years came under spotlight at a seminar held by the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (NPA) in Hanoi on December 9.

Speaking at the event, NPA Director Ta Ngoc Tan underlined that the Party and State of Vietnam have pursued the consistent policy and goal of striving for the people and human rights throughout the national people’s democratic revolution and the Doi Moi (renovation) and international integration process.

He noted the fact that the 2013 Constitution devotes 36 out of its 120 articles to human rights and fundamental rights and obligations of citizens.

For the first time in Vietnam’s constitutional-making history, the Constitution prescribes that “the State ensures and promotes the people’s ownership; recognizes, respects, protects and ensures human rights and rights of citizens,” he said, adding that the stipulation is in line with international human rights standards and has its root in the essence of human rights and the nature of Vietnam’s socialist regime.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc said Vietnam has enhanced international cooperation in human rights in a serious and open-minded manner, thus significantly contributing to ensuring basic rights and freedom of Vietnamese citizens.

He noted that the country has joined most major international treaties in human rights and actively work to fulfil relevant international commitments, stressing that through the cooperation, Vietnam has made positive contributions to establishing human right values on both regional and global scales.

Reports presented at the seminar analysed Vietnam’s achievements in human rights over the past 70 years in various areas, helping bring a life of comfort and happiness for each Vietnamese citizen.

Participants affirmed such achievements, which they said have been proven through the country’s legal documents which cover all issues regarding human rights and citizens’ rights, and through the enforcement of Party and State policies to actualize human rights in all areas of social life.

To further promote and protect human rights, Vietnam should prioritise building and completing its legal system on human rights and citizens’ rights in line with new principles and regulations of the 2013 Constitution, they said.

They also suggested improving education and communication work in the field.